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How Well Can You Speak Your Mother Tongue?

I am amazed by the number of teenagers (even up to mid twenties) that cannot speak their mother tongue fluently. What would happen to their own children and the generation after them?

There would be a total loss of our cultural heritage if parents do not make it a point of duty to teach their children how to speak fluently in their mother tongue.

Some would tell you that its not Behind to speak in any other language apart from English. Haba! where are we heading?

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that should be "e lule", not "o wa lule" which mixes standard yoruba with the dialectal one.

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fairly well, why do you ask.

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@topic

speak n write *well well*

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@silverluke

sounds like a jamb question bt let em try:::

lagbara oloun e sun un ke ju shay

i gues dat settles for a typical Ekt guy.lol

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@ Fun Atokun

Ki lo de ti o lo akole be yen, "Ede Iya". Ede Baba n ko abi iya nikan lo bi omo ni. E mi o de Nigeria ri o. Nitoripe ilu oyinbo ni won bi mi si ati pe baba mi nikan ni yoruba. Baba mi na lo si ko mi ni ede won. E yi fihan gedegbe pe ko n se dandan ki eyan lo si ile ki o to gbo ede baba e.

Se o ti gbo?

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I wish i could speak my mother-tongue fluently (or even at all), and i'd love to learn other languages (Hausa, Yoruba).

I completely understand when my parents speak to me, but i cant reply (quite shameful tho), but i probably wasn't born with that ability.

Do hope my kids will be different, (learn from my partner)

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As for me omoodoagba. mo le e ko, mo si tun le ka because dis na my heritage, dis na my Culture.

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What do you want to know? BTW, there's a board for that.

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@ OP thanks for your observation.

I am in my mid-twenties and can speak,read and write Edo lang( my mother tongue) fluently. The issue of mother tongue neglect is more common with minority ethnic groups in the Niger Delta region. Some languages in Edo state have gone extinct within the last 15 years,some others have less than 20 speakers. Its a sad state of affairs. A lot of parents speak only English to their kids at home out of ignorance thinking it is the civilised thing to do. Well,i never spoke any English until i started school and i did well, even better than my peers in learning Eng Lang. Research has shown that children who are exposed to several languages before they are 5 when their Language Acquisition Device (LAD) is at its most active state will master all of them.

BTW, LCD -Liquid Crystal Display may not have a single word to match it in our native languages because our languages have not grown or coined suitable words to accommodate new words and expressions  especially the ones that have no root in our culture. Can you think of a word for snow in your native language? I didnt say a word that describes snow, but an equivalent word meaning snow?Aha! Therein lies your answer.

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I was born and brought up in d north about 18hrs drive 4rm my state of origin(enugu), i really cann't blame myslf 4 my inability 2 speak igbo, thou i speak hausa fluently.

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I was born and brought up in d north about 18hrs drive 4rm my state of origin(enugu), i really cann't blame myslf 4 my inability 2 speak igbo, thou i speak hausa fluently.

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You really need to meet this guy called Bembe aladisa. . . He sang E jowo e fun mi ni visa eyin oyinbo.

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please can any one tell me about US Student visa interview[color=#000099][/color]

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^^ Epic fail.

In Yoruba language, 2 consonants can not follow themselves so

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY IS Likuidi Kirisitali Disipile

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Someone asked if LCD can be translated into their native language. Here you go “Likwi crista diplay”:-)

Yoruba language tends to be very descriptive which is probably partly due to underdeveloped/stagnated vocabulary.

I speak Lagos Yoruba and I write it by phonetically spelling out the syllables. If I can vocalize it, I can easily spell it by stringing the syllables together. Reading is a little harder as it requires me to try different sounding syllables until it makes sense.

I have given up on languages but I would want my kids to be multilingual (Yoruba, English, French, and Chinese).

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I can understand my second language perfectly, though not really good at speaking it.

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I Speak and hear Yoruba very very well, but i cant read and write well, and i can also speak in my mums native language=Ijesha, lol

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'Does any know what LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY is called in their mother tongue'

Ihe mmiri mmiri kpukoro akpuko na e gosikwa

Go figure, guys.

Absolutely i agree with the guy that hinted that no nation can be technologically strong with out kids being taught basic sciences; Integrated science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology) in the native language.

It just cannot work. A friend went to South Korea and could not find Windows XP English version anywhere in the shops to install. That is the way to go.

But who do you blame here, when all your job applications/interviews are conducted in English?

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'Does any know what LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY is called in their mother tongue'

Ihe mmiri mmiri kpukoro akpuko na e gosikwa

Go figure, guys.

Absolutely i agree with the guy that hinted that no nation can be technologically strong with out kids being taught basic sciences; Integrated science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology) in the native language.

It just cannot work. A friend went to South Korea and could not find Windows XP English version anywhere in the shops to install. That is the way to go.

But who do you blame here, when all your job applications/interviews are conducted in English?

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I can't speak, read or write in my natif language!

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It means[b] Akwa Ibom is Ok![/b]

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I can speak and write my native language very well

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I speak my dialect,language, and the 3major languages so fluently that i'l win an award anytym.

U'l only beat me in writing in any these languages,bt I dey try sha.

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Am a yoruba boy and can speak ibadan,egba and oke ogun dialects lol.

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I speak and write Ibibio and Efik fluently. I interpret message in church if there are visitors, and i studied English in school. So my kids will speak my language bc i just love it. AKWA IBOM ADO OK!

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i can speak the bastardized Yoruba accurately u know the mi mi mi version, writing is out of it

i can write in Hausa since i grew up in the North & South South

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Am still in class two, will soon graduate. Mum's tongue, Efik, Usuk Usuk

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I always envy my mum whenever she speaks yoruba in Ekiti dialect. She will be like 'Yeye re siko'? and the reply will be 'O wa lule'.  I can speak lagos yoruba wellaly but other ones men 'I dey struggle ni'.

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I speak my native language fluently

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My first language was Remo, then Yoruba and lastly the white man language, and i can speak the three fluently.

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At Princek12,

Am not a bulldog to attack!

For sure we have many dialects  but many dielects are related. e.g. Ibo dialects: Ikwerre, Anioma and Eastern Ibo are Igboid people, Edos, Isoko, urhobo and some others are Edoid, and the Yorubas and Hausas/fulani are largely homogeneous. Idoma, Tiv and others still have a commonality.

We have only been so fragmented because we don't know otherwise.  What I mean is that Ghana also has tens of dialects but almost everyone  understands Twi. US was made of different Europeans speaking different languages: English, German, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, and some Irish-speaking and other minorities. English was only narrowly adopted over German as US national language.

If we had more unity, a language (indegeneous) could have been adopted post independence to be taught alongside English as official language with the agreement that teaching of other regional native tongues will be equally funded. Hausa (am not from the North) would have been  ideal beause of widespread use in West Africa. But the Igbos, Yorubas, Etsako, Nupe,  just name it,  will say why not their own language. English as we know it did not become intelligible to all Englishmen until Shakespeare's English became standard English. Before that a Yorkshire man could not understand the rambling of a Londoner! German and French people also previously had diffrent dialects. Danish & Norwegian were basically one language 150 years ago.

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never grew there but can speak a little.

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i speak raw owerri lang like mad, people ask if i was born in the village

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I know this may be hard for many of us to take,but our indigenous languages will gradually die off. They just are not suitably adaptable for today's and of course tomorrow's technological and business demands. Right now,the written aspects are dying.As time goes on the spoken aspect will die too.

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I can speak and write Igbo very well, what a good and so simple language in the world?

UMU IGBO KWENU! CHUKWU BU IKE ANYI

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I bet no one here can translate that in a local language.

Countries like Germany, Russia, Japan, China, France etc are able to compete with U.S, U.K because with their local languages, there is in-depth understanding of what is being taught from generation to generation. But in Nigeria, with over 400 languages! May God help us.

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My Igbo and Yoruba are just above average.

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In a country with an estimated 250 tribes and over 400 languages, how will kids communicate with each other, and how will the teacher teach the students effectively, if each child is allowed to speak vernacular in school? Please respond objectively, without any personal attacks.

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as an Igbo man ,who grew up in igbo land, i attended Assemblies of God Church where we used igbo language in the sunday school and it helped me in speaking and writing  Igbo language. right now i based abroad and my kids are with me over here i always try to teach them igbo language as to enable them to communicate with my people once we return home.

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It's quite a pity that many can't speak their local dialect especially igbos that grew up in Lagos.

But thank God we have the solution here, it's called tongue transplant. We can give you a tongue of any dialect you want at a very cheap cost. Available are calabar,igbo,Yoruba, Chinese and even kwai.

Interested should contact me.

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I can't speak the Ishan language fluently

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Onweghi ihe m na agaghi eji Igbo ekwu ma dee, isi na obu asi ikuchara m ka anyi nwa.

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I speak and write Yoruba as fluently as my English

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Then spare a thought for those raising kids in diaspora if kids growing up at home cannot speak mother tongue.

It is a big challenge trying to teach kids native tongue.  Back in the day, we were given strokes of the cane for daring to speak VANERCULAR at school. That's how efficient oyinbo brainwashing was even after on-paper-independence.

Ordinarily noisy boys would suddenly become as quite as deaf and dumb because they couldn't muster a lot in English!!

I am always perplexed when you call home, kids pick phone, you are talking to them in native tongue and they r replying in English. Terrible.

Somebody once mentioned here on NL that if you cannot do science & technology in ur native tongue, a country can hardly succeed in technology.

Does any know what LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY is called in their mother tongue?

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I speak and write my native language very well. but na dat one i go take collect money from bank?

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so well, i should write a book on it.

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Don't mind them, for me, I speak fluently in me native language

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